Open Secrets: Democrat or Republican, National Party Committees Reap Campaign Riches From Registered Lobbyists

Written by admin on June 14th, 2011

The Democratic National Committee has a policy against accepting donations from registered lobbyists, but the other national party committees appear all too happy to take lobbyists’ money.

Open Secrets

During the past two years, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee each received more than $1 million in contributions from individuals who actively lobbied the federal government for all, or at least part, of the 2010 election cycle, according to new research by the Center for Responsive Politics.

That’s at least four times more money than any single political action committee collected from active, federal lobbyists during the same time.

Federal-level lobbyists who spend their days influencing politics on behalf of various special interest groups may, like non-lobbyists, contribute upward of $30,000 to party committees each calendar year.

And many eagerly open their checkbooks for their preferred political outfits.

Here’s how much cash the four major congressional party committees collected from individuals who lobbied the federal government for at least a portion of the two-year election cycle:

  • The DSCC accepted more than $2.7 million from active, federal lobbyists, according to the Center’s research.
  • The DCCC received more than $1.8 million from active, federal lobbyists, according to the Center’s research.
  • The NRSC took in more than $1.1 million from active, federal lobbyists, according to the Center’s research.
  • The NRCC received more than $1 million from active, federal lobbyists, according to the Center’s research.
 

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